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    September 13, 2012
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protesters this morning. u.s. worships are mobilizing off the libyan coast. around the world, embassies are on alert. an update on the tense situation ahead. breaking news here at home. on the beltway, gridlock. danella saying it's time to start thinking about finding another way to get where you're going. an update in a moment. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. we'll take a live look outside at 6:00 a.m. beautiful weather. tom kierein here with the forecast. >> good morning. you don't have any travel problems weather-wise this morning. take a look. here is the view from space around our region. we've got another clear morning under way. and a few clouds are building in the midwest. that's ahead of a front that's going to be arriving here tomorrow night. between now and then, expect more gorgeous autumn weather here in mid september. right now, 63 at reagan national, but elsewhere in fairfax, arlington, montgomery and prince george's counties, it's just in the low 50s.
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much of maryland and virginia right down to just near 50 degrees as well as out on the mountains of west virginia and in western maryland this morning, and there's a little bit of valley fog, too. watch out for that. hour by hour today, by 7:00 a.m., we'll have our temperatures into the upper 50s after sunrise, which this morning is at 6:48. by noontime for your lunch hour into the mid 70s, low humidity and lots of sunshine. during the afternoon, might have a few clouds drifting in. s sunset at 7:19. by then down to the mid 70s. i'll be back in ten minutes with another hometown forecast. traffic trouble this morning. here's the latest with danella. >> here's the situation. update on the crash, outer loop of the beltway at colesville road. that crash has been moved to the right shoulder lane, but choppers still showing you big delays. if you're about to head out of the house right now, i wouldn't even try to get on the outer loop of the beltway.
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checking cameras as you pass new hampshire avenue, you're just sitting. also be aware if you're traveling along colesville road trying to get to the beltway, even university boulevard, chopper pan that area as well and you are jammed as you make your way to try get on to the outer loop of the beltway. i would just plan an alternate route. back over to you. more breaking news this morning in the middle east. protesters have stormed the u.s. embassy in yemen. they managed to get on to the embassy grounds but could not get in the building that houses the offices. demonstrators removed a sign and set tires on fire. they also brought down an american flag and burned it. this is all in response to an anti-muslim video, which also sparked violent protests in egypt and libya. meanwhile, the bodies of the ambassador to libya and others attacked are on their way back.
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the pentagon moving two warships to the libyan coast. those ships don't have a specific mission, but they do give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama might order. the president won't say whether he's considering military action in libya, but he is vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> egypt's president is vowing not to allow what happened in libya to happen in his country. you are looking live now at pictures coming out of cairo, egypt. this is a lot of activity going on there right now. protesters gathering outside the u.s. embassy. the president there, mohamed morsi, says the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack that happened on the consulate in benghazi. the state department warning american embassy workers around the globe, especially in the middle east as you see on this map here, to be on alert in the
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wake of a deadly attack in libya. that includes embassies marked here, kuwait, sudan, tunisia. >> the attack in libya is leading to vigils and memorial services around the world. one took place last night outside the white house. the man who organized it grew up in falls church and took a year off of george mason to become a freedom fighter in libya. he knew ambassador stevens personally. >> he was really enthusiastic about being there and he was also very enthusiastic and excited about libyan-americans coming and helping. i remember him specifically telling us that he was very proud as an american that we're here as americans helping out this revolution. >> the last ambassador was adolph dubbs. the republican presidential ticket preparing to stand by criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks
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as they hit the campaign trail. mitt romney holds a rally at van dyke park in fairfax. tomorrow, his running mate paul ryan will hold a campaign event at the fairgrounds in harrisonburg. that will be about 2:00. >> first lady michelle obama will also be in the commonwealth today campaigning for her husband. mrs. obama will speak to supporters in richmond at 2:00 this afternoon. then she'll head to fredericksburg where she'll speak to the campaign's grass roots network at the university of mary washington around 5:00 tonight. president obama, meanwhile, is trying to win votes in a critical western swing state. he arrived in aurora last night after a campaign seepeech in la vegas. later he'll speak in golden, colorado, in jefferson county, which helped the president to win in 2008, what was previously considered a red county. that is making it a popular battleground with both mitt romney and paul ryan having visited in recent weeks. today we will learn just how
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long you can expect interest rates to stay at record lows. fed chairman ben bernanke will hold a news conference this afternoon after two days of meetings by the reserves open market committee. he's expected to announce that interest rates will remain near zero into 2015. the fed may also announce another round of bond buying meant to stimulate the economy. nals the day ahead, hundreds will gather here in washington to remember the first man to walk on the moon. politicians, space explorers and the public will gather to honor neil armstrong's life at 10:00 this morning at the national cathedral. the ceremony will also be broadcast live on nasa's and the national cathedral's websites. armstrong died last month at the age of 82. he will be buried at sea tomorrow. classes at morgan state university will resume today after a man was shot on the s l school's campus. he walked into the student center, shot a man in the stomach and then ran off. university officials put the campus on lockdown and sent students a text alert about the incident. neither the suspect nor the
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victim was a student and that's causing some students there to worry about campus safety. >> do you feel safe? >> no, not at all. >> why? >> because if that can happen to people that don't go here, what about the students that do go here? >> a school spokesman says the university encourages nonstudents to enjoy the campus. investigators say there could be security video of the shooter leaving the student center. >> it is now 6:07. 64 degrees. a surprising sneaky reason behind weight gain in children. plus, robert griffin iii being called to the principal's office. we'll tell you why the league wants a word with him. next, a missing woman found in a very unusual place. how she ended up trapped in her own freezer. and an update on the break news on the beltway. you're looking at some live pictures coming from the scene of a crash that is causing major backups. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia,
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we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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but it makes millions off west marylanders every year. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney now they're running dishonest ads. why? because voting for question seven is a vote to build a... world-class resort casino in maryland. creating thousands of jobs and... ...according to the official department of legislative... services, hundreds of millions for our schools. while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies. question seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia.
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this morning, family members want to know why their 59-year-old mother was sitting in a deep freezer for five days. teresa christian vanished on saturday in tulsa, oklahoma. her son stopped by her house and found her sitting in a large trevor ari freezer. police do not suspect foul play here. odd story. time for weather and traffic. tom kierein with a beautiful look at our forecast. tom? >> yeah, the first light of dawn now binning to show up around the region. under a clear sky, a thin crescent moon. venus and jupiter. and hometown forecast, prince george's county, by 7:30, sun up into the upper 50s. by noontime, bright and sunny. low humidity. into the mid 70s. all around the region today, we'll have that rapid warm-up to near 80 by mid afternoon. lots of sun with low humidity. just a few clouds during the afternoon hours.
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by late afternoon, back down to the upper 70s. a look at the seven-day outlook. can we keep this pattern going into the weekend? we'll look at that into next week. we've got traffic trouble, though, this morning. here's danella. >> still checking breaking news on the beltway. here's where chopper 4 is right now. if you're traveling i-95 southbound trying to merge on the outer loop of the beltway, seeing delays there, too. delays start around 201 and you're jammed from kennelworth avenue. these cars sitting here -- earlier the crash was block all but just the right lane. that crash is cleared but it's going to take some time to relieve this stress. if you are trying to take the beltway right now, i would avoid it and make an alternate route because the delays are significant. also in maryland, it is slow as you make your way southbound at 109. this is the bulk of your delays. delays start out of frederick.
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slow southbound. and as you make your way from shady grove to the beltway, your travel lanes are open. not seeing a problem there. >> tough commute already. 64 degrees. call it a major mini bust, where airport workers are under arrest for sneaking out more than a few freeb freebies. plus, people are calling them modern day robin hoods. the bad guys who shared the wealth. next, even if you are keeping your old i
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welcome back. apple fans, tomorrow is if-the-day you can preorder the new iphone 5. some of the features include a bi bigger screen and faster connections. but it also includes a new smaller charging port, which means you'll have to buy a new adapter for your char charger or your home speakers. if you are not planning to get the new iphone, don't worry, apple also unveiled a software upgrade with plenty of new features for the iphone 4 and 4s. it will include a smarter siri, who will now answer questions about sports and be able to reserve your tables at restaurants. it will also feature a new program called passbook. you'll be able to store boarding passes, movie tickets or discount cards right on your phone. there will also be major upgrades to the facebook app that links up with your iphone calendar and a new map app as well. >> still won't make my bed,
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though. facebook could see a jump on the stock market today. mark zuckerberg is handling the company's botched ipo quite well. zuckerberg recently said that the failing stock -- the falling stock price was disappointing and hurting employee morale. facebook hit the market in may at $38 a share and is currently about $20 a share. in this country, apparently the rich do keep getting richer. the census bureau says the income gap between the wealthiest americans and the rest of country grew sharply last year. according to the report, income for the top 28 of american households rose by 1.6%. overall, households earned less money last year than in 2010. in fact, if you take inflation out of the picture, the median household income was 8% lower than in 2008. that was the year before the recession took hold. a new study shows the whooping cough vaccine loses its effectiveness a few years after the final vaccination. five years after the fifth and
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final vaccination is given to young children, the effectiveness drops by close to 50%. doctors suggest children around 11 or 12 receive a tetanus booster shot to help prevent the disease. children who have their tonsils removed are at a high risk of gaining weight from that surgery, according to a new study by johns hopkins university. researchers say children under the age of 6 are at the greatest risk of gaining weight. they found the average weight gain was about two to five pounds about six months after the surgery. the reason for the link between weight gain and the surgery aren't known right now, but doctors say tonsil surgery may help kids eat better. new york city could try to combat obesity by passing a ban on soda and sugary drinks today. an 11-member panel for the city's board of health is expected to vote on the ban introduced by mayor michael bloomberg. it would prohibit restaurants and movie theaters from selling sodas larger than 16 ounces. the panel is expected to approve
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the ban. plus busted a booze theft ring right at new york's jfk airport. officers arrested 15 sky chef employees and three security guards in a case dubbed operation last call. police say the workers stole 100,000 mini bottles. that's more than $750,000 worth of liquor and other items. new today, the duchess of cambridge gave her first speech outside the united kingdom. prince william and his wife katherine arrived in malaysia. she stressed the importance of specialized medical care for children. she read slowly, looking up and smiling. they are on a nine-day tour for the queen's diamond jubilee. terps fans, get ready for plenty of showdowns with notre dame. the fighting irish joining the acc. the school will be a full-fledged member of the conference in every sport except football. they'll remain independent in
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football, but will play at least five acc opponents each season. notre dame will remain in the big east until at least 2014. the rg3 love continues. the nfl named the rookie quarterback the nfc offensive player of the week. rg3 is the first rookie qb to win the award after his debut game. griffin threw for more than 300 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the redskins' win over new orleans. washington heads to st. louis to take on the rams this weekend. kickoff is at 4:05. rg3 is causing a minor bit of controversy because of his loyalty. a picture has surfaced of griffin during warm-up with the word "heart" written on his chest. the h is scribbled over the nike logo. rg3 is sponsored by adidas. nike will have the last laugh, though, they outfit the entire nfl, including team uniforms and other apparel. so they don't care, basically is what you're saying.
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>> well, he just probably now has to go through his closet and clean out and get more adidas stuff. coming up on 6:21 now on this thursday morning. tom kierein has a look at our forecast. >> there's a soft pastel dawn under way this morning. sunrise is not until 6:48. under this mostly clear sky, it is a little more humid this morning. you'll notice that when you step out. right now near 50 throughout much of northern virginia and maryland. arlington, fairfax, and prince george's counties. look at culpepper, just near 50. quite a chill in the air this morning. here's your four-day forecast. another gorgeous day. can you stand it? afternoon highs up around 80. low humidity. just a few clouds popping up. more of the same tomorrow. but we'll probably have increasing clouds friday afternoon. friday night, a little weak front coming through may trigger an isolated sprinkle. sun back on saturday, morning
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lows near 60. afternoon highs near 80. beautiful day sunday. 50s in the morning. afternoon highs, mid 70s. seven-day outlook into next week might get some rain. next chance of rain perhaps monday afternoon and evening and off an on. i'm back in ten minutes. i'm going to step outside to the storm team. traffic trouble. here's danella. >> the earlier crash, outer loop of the beltway, it's out of the roadway, but you're looking at about a seven-mile backup on the outer loop. let's look at i-95 right now. southbound a mess from 212 as you make your way to the beltway. i would absolutely avoid it if i can. you can jump on 295, it's looking like a better option traveling i-95 southbound in this area. the delays are significant as you make your way on the outer loop of the beltway. let's head over to i-95 in virginia. these are the usual delays, heavy on the brakes here
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northbound. the travel speed is slow, but it's not terrible. 19 minutes from prince william parkway to the capital beltway. i'm back in ten with another look at your traffic. high end stuff for sale in an unusual spot. the bust made by some local officers. >> step out of the vehicle. >> i will not. and one way or another, you will have an opinion on this video. the grandmother who talked her way into a trip to jail. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. multi-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? this message.
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look at the money, look at the money. >> show me the money. a bizarre car chase in los angeles. four men robbed a bank, drove to a local neighborhood, and then started throwing some of the money out the window. two of the suspects were able to get away, actually, as crowds surrounded the car and tried to grab some cash. the police caught two of the men when the car got stuck in some traffic there. a 77-year-old woman is accusing a police officer of injuring her during a routine
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traffic spot. the incident was all caught on tape. >> let me see your driver's license. >> i'll give it to you in main. >> give it to me now or i'm going to take you to jail. >> well, go ahead. >> okay. >> a police officer from keane, texas, pulled lynn bedford over for speeding. she refused to hand over her driver's license so the officer eventually arrested her. the city of keane is standing by the officer saying he asked her four time for her license and she refused. >> good luck, lynn. i don't think she's going to win that one. >> but you know people are going to say why are you arresting a 77-year-old woman for a speeding ticket? >> she didn't show her license. four times. 6:27 is our time right now. parents, listen to this. you are guaranteed to get the hot holiday toy and you don't even have to fight the crowds. we'll tell you how just ahead. two women accused of running an illegal daycare. you won't believe where officers say they found children inside the home. the home. a mess on
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breaking news overseas. protesters and police clash outside another u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. there are reports police fired to disperse the crowd, just one of several protests taking place right now. an update ahead. but first, some break news on the roads here. this could be a commute you'll remember for a long time. the beltway backed up at least seven miles. 95 now jammed. >> this is all due to an earlier crash. the crash actually happened outer loop of the beltway at colesville road. let's head in and take a look at these delays. if you're traveling i-95 southbound, slow from 212 as you try to connect to the outer loop of the beltway. delays really start out of greenbelt. you can see this outer loop packed as you make your way towards new hampshire avenue,
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continuing all the way past colesville road really to georgia avenue. that's where your delays are. we are talking at least a seven-mile backup. keep in mind because the beltway is backed up, other roads leading to the beltway, like colesville road approaching the beltway. even new hampshire avenue approaching the beltway. you are seeing delays as you drive on the local roads passing the beltway. it is a tough commute. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. back over to you. gorgeous outside. are we going to get more of this great weather? tom kierein out in the storm 4 weather deck. tom, good morning to you. >> gorgeous sunrise under way. soft pink light showing up over the potomac there. under this blue sky this morning, we've got a gorgeous sight in the southeastern sky. we have the crescent moon and above that, bright venus this morning. sunrise not until 6:48. and now just past 6:30 around the region, temperatures are chilly. it's down into the 50s. all those areas you see in the green, it's in the 50s, just
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about the entire region except right there near the bay where it's in the low 60s on those warmer waters. hour by hour today, another dreamy september day. by 7:00 a.m., upper 50s. by noontime, upper 70s. highs reaching near 80 by mid afternoon. sunset at 7:19, and by then, we'll be back down to the mid 70s. i'll be back with another hometown forecast in about ten minutes. back to you. a prince william neighborhood is still in shock as two women are behind bars for running an illegal daycare. police say the women were in charge of at least 20 children at a home on abilene way in woodbridge. the women are accused of simply leaving the babies strapped in their car seats during the day. some were placed in a closet and a bathroom. all of the children were under 4 years old. >> to hear that a provider was
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unlicensed with 21 children in their home is -- it was very, very shocking to me. so, my heart bleeds. because to hear something like that is very shocking. >> none of the children was hurt and they were released back to their parents. the two women each face seven counts of reckless endangerment of a child. today family and friends will hold a candle light vigil for a high school junior shot and killed on his way to school. the vigil for markell ross will happen at 7:00 tonight in the 6100 block of central avenue in capital heights. police say he was gunned down there tuesday morning as he walked to school. police have not made any arrests in that case. this morning, business owner facing charges for selling stolen hair salon products. police arrested esther goodwin. she owns the new la shs shae hair salon in beltsville. officers say they found $20,000 worth of stolen goods. they believe she placed orders with professional thieves to steal what she wanted. the business is now shut down. police are looking for women
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and girls who may have been victims of so called up skirting. police arrested this man at the tacoma metro station last week. police say he videotaped women up their skirts using a hidden camera while asking them for directions. detectives believe there may be more victims, including some younger than 18. if you think you may have been targeted, call tacoma park police. an aide worker from rockville kidnapped in pakistan last year now asking for israel's help to be freed. 71-year-old warren wine steen appeared in a new internet video asking the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu for help. he said that the american government had no interest in him and therefore he's turning to israel. he said if al qaeda's demands were met, he would be let go. in previous videos, those demands included the freeing of militant suspects and the stopping of u.s. air strikes. this morning, there is renewed hope that an american contractor from maryland who was jailed in cuba may soon be coming home. a cuban diplomat says her
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country is willing to negotiate with the u.s. to find a solution to alan gross's ordeal. he's been in jail for more than two years and is serving a 15-year sentence for illegally bringing internet equipment for cuba's jewish community. america is on track for its worst year ever when it comes to the west nile virus. the centers for disease control says there are reports of more than 1400 serious cases and 118 deaths. despite mosquito season winding down, infections are expected into the next month. texas has been hit the hardest with nearly half of those infections. health officials from coast to coast are spraying insecticides to prevent the spread of the disease. 6:36 is our time right now. it is a million-dollar mistake. why a man who won the lottery in maryland is in a fight to get paid. also, it's happened again, where a beaver tried to get a piece of some children. plus, why some drivers hit with a fine for speeding are being spared a fee. and another wardrobe kind of
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day. chilly in the morning, warm outside. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs
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for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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but it makes millions off marylanders every year. now they're running dishonest ads. why? because voting for question seven is a vote to build a... world-class resort casino in maryland. creating thousands of jobs and... ...according to the official department of legislative... services, hundreds of millions for our schools. while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies. question seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia.
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toys 'r' us is getting ready for the holiday season with a new reservation system for popular toys. the retail giant is adding a hot toy reservation system which will let customers receive e-mails when they can pick up the toy in the stores. to qualify for the hot toy system, customers must go to a toys 'r' us store and put down a 20% down payment. the company is also beefing up its layaway service. i'm not ready to think about the holiday shopping. but if you want to get a hot toy, i guess you have to. >> you're still going to see those crazy long lines and people fighting over some toys. it wouldn't be the holiday season without that. >> i think some people like
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that. it's part of the experience. 6:41 is our time right now. we are still experiencing some beautiful weather out there. tom kierein has a look at the weather and the traffic. >> just buy them a rain gauge. they'll be happy with that. [ laughter ] starting off this morn, we've got a beautiful clear sky. crescent moon and venus in the southeastern sky. but it is chilly. turns a little more humid overnight. into the low to mid 50s throughout much of the region. it's right at 63 at reagan national. tyson's corner in fairfax county near 60 by 8:00 a.m. for the lunch hour, to the mid 70s with bright sunshine. hour by hour for the entire region today, another delightful september day. low humidity this afternoon. highs reaching near 80 by mid afternoon. and then back home from work and school. by late afternoon should be down into the 70s. can we keep this going into the weekend? we'll look at that and into next week in ten minutes.
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more traffic, here's danella. >> i'm still tracking break news on the beltway. outer loop still looking at about a seven-mile backup. slow from college park to silver spring. at about 23 miles an hour. also seeing delays on 66 from fairfax county parkway. to get to the beltway will take you about 15 minutes. if you're traveling around 395, under speed as well, about 33 miles per hour. 19 minutes from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. a live look at i-95 in virginia. stop and go for you. here's a live look at lorton northbound. it's not terrible, but you know how it goes. you are delayed. you're driving 32 miles per hour and it will take you about 24 minutes to make that drooiive. more breaking news this morning in the middle east. protesters have stormed the u.s. embassy in yemen. they managed to get on to the
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embassy grounds but could not get in the building that houses the office. demonstrators removed the sign on the compound's outer wall and set tires on fire. they also brought down an american flag and burned it. this is all in response to an anti-muslim video, which has also sparked violent protests in egypt and libya. meanwhile, the boesd of the ambassador to libya and three other americans killed in libya are on their way back to the united states. all four died on tuesday in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the pentagon moving two warships to the libyan coast. those ships don't have a specific mission, but they do give the military some flexibility in launching any mission that president obama might order. the president won't say whether he's even considering military action in libya, but he is vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts and bring them to justice. >> we want to show you some live
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pictures that we're getting from cairo, egypt. the president there vowing not to allow what happened in libya to happen in his country. a lot of activity you can see in these images right now. protesters are gathering outside the u.s. embassy in egypt. the president mohamed morsi says the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack on the consulate in benghazi. >> the state department is warning american embassy workers around the world, especially in the middle east, to be on alert in the wake of this week's deadly attack. that includes kuwait, sudan, tunisia, and zambia. some of the actors involved in the controversial movie are angry themselves. a group claiming to represent the cast released a statement that claimed the stars had been tricked into making the film and that the specific attacks on islam were only added by the producers in the studio. the actors say they feel taken advantage of. the attack in libya leading to vigils and memorial services around the world.
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one of those services happened last night outside the white house. the man who organized it grew up in falls church and took a year off from george mason to become a freedom fighter in libya. he knew ambassador stevens personally. >> he was really, you know, enthusiastic about being there. he was very enthusiastic and excited about libyan-americans coming and helping. i remember him specifically telling us, the few libyan-americans that were there, telling us he's very proud as an american that we're here as americans helping out this revolution. >> ambassador stevens is the sixth u.s. ambassador killed on duty. the last one was adolph dubbs, who died in afghanistan in 1979. the gop ticket is prepared to stand by their criticism of president obama's response to the libyan attacks. mitt romney will hold a rally at van dyke park in fairfax around 11:30. tomorrow, paul ryan will hold a campaign event at the rockingham fairgrounds at 2:00.
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first lady michelle obama also going to be in the commonwealth today, campaigning for her husband. mrs. obama will speak to supporters in richmond at the center stage theater at 2:00 this afternoon. then she'll head to fredericksburg and meet with organizers at the university of mary washington. she'll be speaking there about 5:00 tonight. president obama, meanwhile, stumping in the critical western swing states. of colorado. he arrived in aurora overnight after a campaign speech in las vegas. later today he'll speak at a grass roots rally in golden, colorado. golden is in jefferson county, which helped the president win in 2008, but was previously considered a red county. that is making it a popular battleground right now with both mitt romney and paul ryan having visited in recent weeks. in a couple hours, hundreds will gather here in washington to pay tribute to the first man to walk on the moon. politicians, space explorers and the public will all be on hand for a memorial service in neil armstrong's honor. at 10:00 this morning at the national cathedral.
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the ceremony will also be broadcast live on nasa's and the national cathedral's websites. armstrong died last month at the age of 82. he will be buried at sea tomorrow. classes resume today at morgan state university after a shooting on campus, and students there say they don't feel safe because of that shooting. investigators say a man walked into the campus student center at morgan state university, shot a man and then ran off. the victim was shot in the stomach. he is expected to be okay. university officials put the campus on lockdown and sent students a text alert about the shooting. neither the suspect nor the victim was a student and some students there say that this is a big problem. i don't feel safe. i feel as though my life could be in danger at any given moment, so i always have to look over my shoulder because you don't know what you could do wrong or how you are approaching someone in this type of environment. even though it's ungated and an open campus and anyone can come on. rar school spokesman says the university encourages nonstudents to enjoy the campus.
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investigators say there could be security video of the shooter leaving the student center. today prince george's county will demolish a vacant apartment complex. it's part of a new effort to revitalize the community. around 9:00 this morning, crews will begin tearing down 26 buildings at the chapelwood apartments in the coral hills area. the move is part of an initiative to fight crime. officials say the area has been a public safety hazard. d.c. councilmember michael brown's former treasurer is denying brown's implication that he stole more than $100,000 from the brown campaign. brown came forward about the missing money earlier this week. he also said he fired hakeem sutton as treasurer when he realized most of the money for his campaign was gone. sutton's attorney says his client didn't steal anything and even suggested the councilmember used sutton to cover up his own mistakes. brown never actually said sutton stole from the campaign, but he does say he expects police to file charges soon.
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today, we'll learn just how long you can expect interest rates to stay at record lows. fed chairman ben bernanke will hold a news conference this afternoon after two days of meetings by the federal reserve's open market committee. he is expected to announce that interest rates will remain near zero into 2015. the fed may also announce another round of bond buying meant to stimulate the economy. the number of foreclosures is down, but there's a flip side to that. >> reporter: here's a big story, guys. banks seized fewer homes last month, although more homeowners received their first foreclosure notices, realty track says the number of foreclosure notices, auctions and repossessions rose nearly 1% from july, what was down more than 15% from a year ago. activity rose. illinois ranked highest amongst state foreclosure rates for the first time since realty track began reporting on notices in
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2005. in other news, retailers plan bigger is better. researchers will try to get people to tune in their 42-inch screen for larger sets, 60 or even 90 imp 0 inches. many stores are offering incentives to get you to buy. best buy is providing free delivery and will also pick up the tvs within 30 days if you're not satisfied. amazon is offering free enhanced delivery on most tvs 48 inches or larger. customers can schedule their own delivery day. a shipper will deliver it, unpack it for you and make sure it's working properly. not a bad deal. >> where do you fit a 90-inch tv, though? >> in the den, i guess? >> thank you. 6:50 right now. some northern virginia residents are a little hesitant about heading to local ponds or lakes because there's been another rabid beaver attack, the second one in two weeks. the latest incident happened at
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the hidden pond nature center in springfield on saturday. witnesses say they were at a children's fishing competition when the beaver showed up. it lunged at a 4-year-old girl. an animal control officer eventually shot and killed the animal. two weeks ago, a rapid beaver attacked an 83-year-old woman at lake barcrofh. both of these attacks are extremely rare. later this morning, a review of how they handled the outages. the commission set time aside for another hearing tomorrow if they receive enough feedback. some more breaking news coming in right now out of germany. the u.s. embassy says its con lat in berlin is now evacuated. an employee reported a strange smelling envelope. >> german investigators are examining that envelope right now. there is no report of anyone becoming sick. for more on this situation as well as the unrest in the middle
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east, tune in to the "today" show right after news 4 today. for now, want to turn to weather and traffic. tom kierein is here with the forecast. >> sun just now coming up, and a beautiful morning once again. sunday, i was biking and came across one of the most beautiful structures. this aqueduct originally built in 1834, an incredible engineering feat. it was restored and the restoration was completed in 2011. the engineers did an outstanding job with that. actually, the canal itself goes right over the creek. there is that gorgeous sunrise over the potomac. a live view from our hd city camera. 63 at reagan national. dew point at 57. it's become a little more humid. all the areas in green are in the 50s. that includes all of west virginia, just about all of maryland and virginia and the eastern shore. reagan national now 63.
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montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties are down into the 50s this morning. most locations low to mid 50s, so quite a chill in the air this morning. so dress accordingly. we'll have our sunrise, which is at 6:48. the sun climbing higher by 8:00 a.m., warming us up to around 60. we'll have a calm wind throughout the morning hours. by late afternoon, peaking in the upper 70s to near 80. gorgeous day again tomorrow. clouding up friday night. might get a sprinkle friday evening. otherwise, looks like a dry pattern through the weekend, looking terrific saturday and sunday. and next chance of rain, maybe monday afternoon and evening and perhaps off and on on tuesday. now with more on our traffic trouble, here's danella. >> if you're just waking up, you're waking up to big delays in our area. an earlier crash at colesville road. it did block most of the roadway. it's long gone, still seeing delays, though. slow all the way to just past
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georgia avenue. also seeing delays i-95 southbound in maryland. slow from 198, sluggish as you try to make your way on the beltway in this area. also roads leading to the beltway, let's take a look at 29. slow 29 from bridge cheney to the beltway. it's very sluggish. extra delays this morning because they started early. chopper 4 is over i-270. as you make your way southbound toward the beltway, you are sluggish. delays start out of german town. good news on i-270, no reports of accidents right now. back over to you. a bit of a silver lining if you get a speed or red light ticket in montgomery county. now you don't have to worry about late fees. a maryland district judge ordered the county to stop charging the fees because it may violate state law. the county had been charging a $25 late fee if drivers didn't pay within 30 days. while it's good news for you, it's bad news for the county, which made nearly $2 million
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just in late fees last year. if you try to cheat maryland's tolls by blowing through easy pass lanes, your name could soon end up in the hall of shame. state transportation officials working to find out if they can publicize the names of toll cheats and suspend vehicle registrations of repeat offenders. lawmakers are also working on legislation to crack down on drivers who don't pay. earlier this week, "the washington post" reported nearly 650,000 cars owe nearly $7 million in unpaid tolls. tonight you can voice your opinion on the planned rate increases for the dulles toll road. rates are expected to go up 50 cents for most cars next year and will eventually cost you $4.50 far one-way trip. the money will help fund construction on the silver line. the public meeting is at spring hill elementary school in mclean tonight. an undocumented immigrant is going public trying to claim a lottery prize he says someone stole from him. ramon ortiz says two years ago
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he bought a $20 maryland scratch-off ticket with a $1 million jackpot. ortiz doesn't speak english and doesn't have a social security number, so he couldn't claim the prize himself. ortiz says he asked a legal english speaking co-worker to claim the $450,000 payout. she did claim the prize and kept it for herself, apparently. ortiz now suing her. there you go. thank you for starting your day with us. the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes weather, traffic, and any breaking news and we're right back here tomorrow morning. until then, have a great day. >> make it a great thursday, everybody.
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